President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced today. Biden is experiencing mild symptoms and has started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment.
The news comes amid a wave of COVID-19 infections sweeping the country, driven by the highly transmissible BA.5 variant. Biden spent part of yesterday traveling and gave a speech about the administration’s clean energy goals in Massachusetts.
Biden’s age, at 79 years old, puts him increased risk of serious symptoms from COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated against the virus and has had two boosters. The White House says he will isolate until he tests negative.
Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, also tested positive for COVID-19 while in office. At the time, in 2020, there were no vaccines available, and Trump was hospitalized and given an experimental antibody treatment.
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